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It was only an evening paper with an older demographic by then.
Rivest, I was one the assistant managers at this opening. AMC would have advertised the opening only in The Miami Herald and, like many distributors, did not take advantage of the combined rate that included The Miami News.
Nice find, Rivest. This mean that the Palm, 22nd Avenue and Liberty City were all three the same drive-in with different entrances. They DID show the same movies at the same time, all the time.
The old theatres had tons of obstructed view seats that were rarely used but made the house nut higher for film rental purposes. Many multiplexes do that to this day.
Once the house was adapted for roadshow use they expected to sell 100% at each performance so most seats were larger and positions were at least adequate.
Thanks for the great ads, Mark.
The link needs to be updated:
Jeff, Brandt closed it in 1970. It re-opened in 1972 as a discount house with occasional first-runs and ran until the summer of 1987. It later re-opened as a performing arts center with movie facilities.
“Ben-Hur” premiered here in 1959 and again for the 1969 roadshow re-release. I can’t help with the wagon wheel.
Marcy, if you look at previous posts you will find photo links.
This closed in 1989.
I was surprised to see it missing from the Herald since they credit Bill Cosford for helping them serve the community on their website, hence the name change.
Does anyone know if it was open to the public from 1987 to 1994 when it was missing from the Miami Herald movie time clock?
Here is a more thorough article in Boxoffice.
Saps, I either never copied it or lost the remainder of that article.
David, here is a snipet from Variety regarding the re-opening for “SOME LIKE IT HOT” earlier that year.
I don’t have the whole article but it might give you some ideas.
This showed mostly movies from 1913 to 1924. It was the premiere road show house for RAMONA (1916), JOAN THE WOMAN (1916), HEARTS OF THE WORLD (1918), WAY DOWN EAST (1920), MONTE CRISTO (1921), SCARAMOUCHE (1923), AMERICA (1924), ALIBI (1929), and SONG O MY HEART (1930), all showing for long runs before that MAEDCHEN move-over.
This apparently closed as a Twin, sometimes showing regular films on one screen and porn on the other.
Mark, that is a re-opening ad. Seasonal operation was common then, although re-opening on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed was indeed unfortunate.
AKA, Sunrise at Pine Plaza.
Twin one was “Driftwood”. Twin two was “Aquamarine”.
The lovely Mary Colehower, I think, closed it.
Does anyone know if the Premier was part of the Seminole building or a separate structure altogether?
The Royal opened in 1941 and closed in 1957.
The Regent operated from 1926 to 1960.
This operated from 1989 to 2000.
It closed In August 1964 with “The Carpetbaggers”. It then re-opened for three weeks in May 1965 when it showed the Electrovision “Harlow”, “operation Snafu” and “Black Spurs” each for one week, then closed again. It opened “Thunderball” in December of 1965 and closed for good in February 1966.